Sundance Books and Music and 20 Local Businesses Host Waldo Hunt in July
Where’s Waldo? In Reno, of course. He’s turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses and organizations all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From The Hub Coffee Co. at 32 Cheney Street to The Great Basin Community Food Coop at 240 Court Street from The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum at 490 South Center Street to Reno Mountain Sports at 155 East Moana Lane, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Beginning July 1, anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Reno!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at ___________” card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in sixteen or more businesses and turning them in at Sundance Books and Music will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Sundance Books and Music.
Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Sundance Books and Music here in Reno, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Reno, call Sundance Books and Music at 775-786-1188 or visit www.sundancebookstore.com.